Williams and UNC offered the class of 2017 guard on Friday, the family confirmed, 12 years after his uncle’s first game as a Tar Heel.
His mother, Charmaine Felton, told Inside Carolina late Friday evening that Jalek plans to sit down with his family this weekend and discuss the offer and how they want to proceed.
“I’ve liked North Carolina since I was younger,” the 6-3 guard from Mullins (S.C.) High told Inside Carolina earlier this year. “It was something I was raised in. When I got older and actually realized who my uncle was and what he was about when he was at North Carolina, it was in me. Carolina blue, you can’t go wrong with that.”
Williams devoted valuable time during the July 2013 summer evaluation periods – usually reserved for watching rising juniors and seniors – to get two in-person viewings of Felton. At the time, Felton had yet to enroll in high school. UNC assistant C.B. McGrath viewed Felton during the 2014 spring evaluation period as well, while UNC’s entire staff tracked the sophomore in the three-week evaluation period this past July.
Felton is the first class of 2017 prospect with an UNC offer.
After playing varsity as an eighth grader and ninth grader, Felton was named a 2nd team Freshman All-American by Maxpreps after averaging 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for Mullins last season.
“My strength is definitely scoring the ball,” he said. “I can get to the basket pretty easily and I can knock down shots if they back up off me. I like to have the ball in my hands a lot, run the team and get my teammates involved. I’m probably a ‘1’ or a ‘2.’”
In the latest Scout.com national rankings for the Class of 2017, Felton checks in at No. 6.
“Felton is 6-foot-3, long, athletic and can really pass the ball,” said Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “Not just a passer, Felton is also a really good athlete that can create his own shot and knock down jumpers. The best part is, he's yet to develop physically and when he puts on some strength, he'll take his game to the next level.”
After watching Felton at the USA Basketball Development Camp in October, scouts began to think of him as a potential point guard.
“I had people telling me he was a combo guard,” said Jonathon Givony, of the pro scouting site DraftXpress. “I think he had some of the best vision of any guard I saw. How many pin-point passes does it take to be considered a point guard? Add in his speed and quickness and he has the skill-set that NBA teams will love.”
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